Tuesday 29 October 2013

Ladybird Tuesday - The Farm

This week on Ladybird Tuesday I'm looking at a book from Series 563 - Learning to Read. I recently looked at another book in the series - Going to School - and now it is the turn of The Farm. The Farm was published in 1958, although this copy has a handwritten date on the inside of 1974.

Ladybird Learning to Read book - The Farm

The book might date from some years ago, but I would think that a farm today is probably pretty similar. The book visits each animal in turn, first looking at a home and then at the animal that lives there. The typical farm animals are represented - cows, horses, pigs, ducks. The final pages introduce us to the farmer and all his animals together.

Ladybird Learning to Read book - The Farm

This type of learning to read book is very different to the ones that my son is currently bringing home from school, which at the moment are very much based around the words that can be spelled out phonetically. I think, although I'm not entirely sure, that the Ladybird system concentrates more on frequently used words words rather than those which are easiest to sound out. There is plenty of repetition to help young children become familiar with the words.

Ladybird Learning to Read book - The Farm

If you love Ladybird books, do pop over and visit Ladybird Tuesday, where Being Mrs C is assembling a really comprehensive catalogue of Ladybird books and reviews.

Below you can find links to all my Ladybird Tuesday book posts.

Snow White and Rose Red
Hansel and Gretel
Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves
The Three Little Pigs
The Old Woman and her Pig
Little Red Riding Hood
The Ugly Duckling
The Railway Children
A Little Princess
A First book of Aesop's Fables

A Ladybird Book about Knitting
More Things to Make - For Special Occasions
Easy to Make Puppets
Learning to Sew
Stamp Collecting
Tricks and Magic

Prehistoric Animals and Fossils
Stone Age Man in Britain
Great Civilisations - Crete
Charles Dickens
Lives of the Great Composers Book 1
Lives of the Great Composers Book 2
The Story of Music

Plants and How They Grow
The Ladybird Book of the Night Sky
Sea and Air Mammals
The Farm

The Story of Nuclear Power
The Motor Car
How it Works - The Computer
How it Works - The Rocket
The Story of Ships
The Postman and the Postal Service
People at Work - The Nurse

Understanding Numbers
Talkabout Clothes
Going to School
Teaching Reading

Stories of Special Days and Customs
Christmas Customs

Girls and Boys - A Ladybird Book of Childhood


  1. Culturebaby seems to really like Ladybird books - old and new. I think it is the size of them and how easy and simple they are to handle. Puppies and Kittens (an old one of mine) was a first favourite...

  2. You're spot on there about Ladybird books being based on frequently used words, or Key Words, hence the Keywords reading scheme. It's an interesting approach based on some research which said that if you looked at how frequently words were used you could find the ones that were most commonly used and if children learnt those words first then they'd be able to read a large proportion of written stuff much more quickly, and therefore feel more satisfied with the reading experience.

    1. I think that makes a lot of sense, and it also makes the reading a lot more interesting!


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